Minor League Player of the Day – Jhosue Bermudez - 5 IP, 1 Hit, 0 Runs, 5 BB's 7 K's. Even though Josmar Cordero had another great day, I'm giving this award to his teammate Bermudez. The Venezuelan native not only had a very strong outing on Monday, but it was his 3rd start in a row in which he's allowed exactly 1 hit in exactly 5 innings of work. I really don't know much about the 19 year old lefty besides the incredible start to his professional career, but hopefully he can keep it up.
AAA – Off day
AA – All Star Break
HiA – All Star Break
LoA – All Star Break
Rookie Ogden – The Raptors used a balanced hitting attack on opening day to scale the Rockies in a 13 to 7 victory. 7 of the 9 batters in the Ogden lineup had at least 1 RBI, and Devin Shines led the way with a homer and 3 runs batted in. Surprise left fielder Jesus Valdez was one of the batters without an RBI but he still had a big day with 2 singles, a triple, and 4 runs scored, while catcher Jose Capellan also had 3 hits including a 3-bagger. Other offensive standouts were Tae-Hyeok Nam, who took one deep and doubled, and 2012 draftee Darnell Sweeney who had 2 hits singles and 2 stolen bases. On the mound Derek Cone allowed just 1 hit over 3.1 innings and struck out 4, but he also walked 4 batters and permitted two runs to cross the plate. Lefty reliever Kazuki Nishijima got rocked in his return to the Pioneer League to the tune of 8 hits and 4 runs in just 1.2 frames, but Craig Stem stopped the bleeding with a scoreless 6th. From there Gregg Downing took the ball and he never gave it up as the finished the game with a 3-inning save.
DSL – The Dominican Dodgers took advantage of 10 walks on Monday as they dismantled the Cardinals 11 to 1. Josmar Cordero was again the big hitter as he singled, doubled, and homered in route to 4 RBI's for the day. Despite being 14 games in the season he is still batting an even .500, and the 20 year old's 44 total bases rank as tops in the league. In addition, Cordero continues to get some reps behind the plate so he also has some defensive value. Gerson Nunez had 2 singles for the only other multi-hit game, while Jeffry Rojas' double was the only other extra base hit. In terms of pitching, 19 year old starter Jhosue Bermudez incredibly allowed exactly 1 hit over 5 innings for the 3rd straight start, meaning he's given up just 3 hits and 0 runs over the first 15 innings of his professional career. While he did issue 5 free passes, he made up for his wildness with 7 strikeouts. Wascar Teodo allowed the only run of the game in his 3 innings of work, while Jose Moreno got the final 3 outs in order.
Coming up – The Southern League, California League, and Midwest League all have their All Star games on Tuesday, so several Dodger minor leaguers should see action in those games (see players below). The Isotopes return to action and will send Fernando Nieve to the mound, while the Raptors second game of the season will feature Matt Laney on the mound.
Minor League All Stars
AA: Blake Smith, Pedro Baez, Matt Magill, Ethan Martin, Red Patterson, J.T. Wise, and Steve Ames
HiA: C.J. Retherford and Leon Landry
LoA: O'Koyea Dickson, Joe Winker, and Jarret Martin